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Weekend A La Carte (January 30)

My gratitude goes to Baker Books for sponsoring the blog this week with news of the new book Overcoming Bitterness: Moving from Life’s Greatest Hurts to a Life Filled with Joy.

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics along with a couple of newer works.

(Yesterday on the blog: Why the West Is Antihistorical)

Five Truths About the Holy Spirit

Here are five truths about the Holy Spirit courtesy of Alistair Begg.

Before You Tweet Criticism: Six Considerations

John Piper offers some thoughts on social media and criticism.

These Are the Highest Resolution Photos Ever Taken of Snowflakes

“Once safely on the slide, he focuses his microscope to take the photograph, changing the exposure one micron at a time. (For reference, the width of a human hair measures approximately 70 microns.) On average, Myhrvold photographs each snowflake more than 100 times, or as many times as he can before the snowflake starts to melt.Using specialized computer software, Myhrvold combines multiple photographs of a single specimen to create the final photograph.”

An Executive Order Marginalizing Women And Girls

Here is WORLD’s take on the President’s new executive order related to transgenderism. “On Inauguration Day, hours after President Joe Biden’s calls for unity and promise to represent all Americans, platitudes gave way to policies. In 880 words, Biden mandated a government definition of gender discrimination and equality that guaranteed biological men access to women’s social spaces.”

Strange Authority Speakers: 12 Concerns

There are some interesting thoughts here.

Window Views

This is a great bit of writing from Heidi Tai.

A Conversation With Dr. Carl Trueman On The Modern Self And The Sexual Revolution

If you don’t plan to read Carl Trueman’s new book, perhaps you’ll enjoy this interview which covers some of its major points.

Flashback: When Freedom Is Captivity

Sin enslaves, but God delivers. We find our freedom not apart from him and the boundaries he gives us, but with him and within those boundaries he has graciously given to us. Here is true fulfillment and true freedom.

If anyone has used you badly today, he is the very person you are to pray for tonight when you bow before God.

—J.R. Miller

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    Making Good Return

    I don’t think I am overstating the matter when I say that this has the potential to be one of the most important books you will read. It’s a book that may shape years of your life and transform the way you carry out one of the key roles God assigns to you…

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    A La Carte (June 14)

    A La Carte: 3 steps to find your voice / 7 things good dads say / One day leads to another / Let’s stop hyper-spiritualizing counseling / Enjoying the many flavors of the Word / What I wish you understood about the ethnic-specific church / and more.

  • A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    A Whole Batch of New Books for Kids

    Every month I put together a roundup of new and notable books for grownup readers. But I also receive a lot of books for kids and like to put together the occasional roundup of these books as well. So today I bring you a whole big batch of new books for kids

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    A La Carte (June 13)

    A La Carte: Were the earliest Christians illiterate? / Our new religion isn’t enough / Why do evil and suffering exist? / The missing ingredient in too many marriages / Is Genesis literal or allegorical? / The death of fear / and more.

  • Tear Down Build Up

    It’s Easier to Tear Down than Build Up

    In my travels, I encountered a man whose work is demolition. When buildings are old and decrepit, or even when they just need to be removed to make way for others, his job is to destroy them and haul them away. New or old, big or small, plain or fancy—it makes no difference to him.…

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    A La Carte (June 12)

    A La Carte: Does Bach’s music prove the existence of God? / Living from approval, not for approval / A surprising test of true faith / Do you have the support you need to grow? / Who was the “black Spurgeon?” / and more.